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Dec 11, 2012 7:00am EST
how he is doing in the fiscal cliff tops. headline is the president and the speaker both press each other. so that the latest in the back and forth on the fiscal cliff talks. the polls out, this is one from gallup. and the new york post shows this poll -- back to our topic, our question, do you support or oppose right-to-work laws? paul in utica, michigan, democrat. caller: i live in suburban detroit. i am a retired union worker, not automotive, by the way. i don't think my union is a thug in any way, but i think it's a sad day for the state of michigan. if the workers in this country cannot look to michigan like they always have, for a decent pay, and i think that is where we are headed, i just think it is a sad day. all the people who voted for these republicans, they are going to get what they asked for. this is what is going on here. i really sad about it. host: the car czar for michigan said it's a choice between your jobs and higher wages or more jobs and lower wages. ay we may end up with lower wages. it is a move in the wrong direction. i think we would have gotten more jobs year even without this. as the automotive and the economy grew here. i think i
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 7:00am EST
not serving the american people. host: we are going to move on and talk about the fiscal cliff and some of the issues surrounding that. we are going to look at a specific issue of so-called tax extenders a little bit later with sam goldfarb. he will also be talking about tax issues in general when it comes to the fiscal cliff. if you have questions about tax issues or comments about how taxes should be included in these discussions, he will be taking your calls. up next, we're going to have a look at republicans and the fiscal cliff negotiations with radio talk-show host and columnist armstong williams. that is coming up next as we continue the "washington journal." ♪ >> why a writers institute? i think it is very important within the culture. we are a culture of words, of voices. words are key to our imagination, our capacity to envision things. we ourselves are not completely tied to print on the page. but i think that there is no other art form so readily accessible other than perhaps -- but it is something -- there is something in literature that captures the humans. . >> this weekend, we look behind the scenes at the history and literary life of new york's capital city, albany, on c-span to and it c-span3. span3.c- [bell rings] >> this weekend
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2012 7:00am EST
what is happening with the fiscal cliff. we will go to steven sloan from politico. word coming in that president obama and john boehner talked on the phone and later on wednesday. what have we learned if anything about that conversation? caller: very little has leaked out on the conversation. we're not sure how long it lasted. it is a sign that maybe even incremental progress has been made this week. host: can we glean anything from who called who identify this phone conversation? when the last time they talk before wednesday afternoon was? host: it has been about one week since they talked. we do not even know, as far as i know, who called the. they really have given us the details on the call. host: we are talking to steven sloan. what is the latest on the two sites? who seems more willing to compromise at this point? caller: we are still a in this game of chicken. both sides have made their offers. neither side appears at the moment close to making new offers or backpedaling on the offers may have made it. we still are in is still made mode right now. we will have to see whether that changes it. host: an article from politic
CSPAN
Dec 11, 2012 8:00pm EST
portion of this hour talking about something that is on everybody's mind, the fiscal cliff. oh my goodness, the fiscal cliff is now just -- wow, 20 days away. so what are we going to do? some have suggested that we really have to deal with entitlements. and i'm here to agree that we can and we should deal with entitlements. certainly two of those issues, which i really don't think we ought to call entitlements but are fundamental programs here in america for americans, should be dealt with. one that some people want to put on the table really doesn't deal with the deficit at all, and that's social security. so before we even get into this discussion tonight, let's just understand or anybody that cares to take on this issue that in dealing with the fiscal cliff, social security is not the problem. the deficit is not caused by social security. social security has never been and in its present form, will not be part of the deficit issue. it's separate and apart. it is a special program. has its own source of revenue. has its own trust fund and isn't running the deficit at all and has
CSPAN
Dec 9, 2012 7:00am EST
check it all out. also on our website at any time on c-span.org. our topic once again, the fiscal cliff. joining us here is stan collender and douglas holtz- eaken. what is happening? what are the two talking about. guest: the nature of the tax increases, how much, and on the other side, what kind of entitlement reforms as the president willing to offer? that has been going back and forth for quite awhile now. there are talking about the same basic issues. host: one of the shore signs of action in washington, we have heard there is a possibility that they could come back after christmas. guest: i have been telling clients since september we were going over the cliff. i was not sure there was a sign it or coming back before christmas. this last-minute deal of some time, it could easily be approved -- the house and senate do not need to be here for this because it will not be the big, big deal. this is not the grand compromise they are talking about here there is not enough support to do the technical things. this could be a simple package they do at the last minute. host: even if the white house and john boehner agree to a deal, congress may not pass it. guest: that is my biggest concern. it is p
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 1:00am EST
cliff on state budgets. >> wednesday on, "washington journal," ongoing negotiations on the so-called fiscal cliff. then, we hear from the associated press on how congressional leaders plan to handle social security as part of the talks. later, more on the role of social security ahead with the aarp and the heritage foundation. "washington journal" is live every day at 7:00 a.m. eastern. >> the white house was very controversial, as most things in america were. the man who designed washington city -- there was competition. he submitted a design for a palace. americans were not having a palace. it was not particularly odd inspiring. in fact, in 1821, a european diplomat told the congress it was neither large nor on inspiring. -- awe-inspiring. the congressman answered, the building served its purpose. if it were larger and more elegant, perhaps some president would be inclined to become its permanent resident. >> a former new york times book critic has gathered a few of her favorite white house photos. what sunday evening, at 7:30 eastern and pacific, on american history tv. >> the american enterprise institute heard from the incoming and outgoing chairman of the republican study committee today. they talked about what they
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2012 2:00pm EST
national journal's ron brownstein to talk about the fiscal cliff, job creation, and deficit reduction. >> fed me introduce the moderator, ron brownstein. he is the editorial director of "national journal" and the atlantic. he oversees political coverage coming out of our company. he writes a weekly column for national journal and on major cable networks regularly. he is the most astute analyst in washington. we have had changes. gene could not make it at the last minute. there is a meeting going on right now, which may be productive. we have congresswoman allyson schwartz from pennsylvania, who has served on the ways and means committee in the house and now on the budget committee. she has become a big deal. we are happy to have you. >> thank you. gene was summoned a way for a meeting, which may or may not be good news on the fiscal front. i hope this will be less eventful than the last panel i moderated. i was at harvard where they do the debrief every four years with the senior campaign officials of both teams. all of the power went out in cambridge. we are sorry gene cannot be with
CSPAN
Dec 11, 2012 10:00am EST
continue on the fiscal cliff. this morning "washington journal" talk to a business representative about his take on the negotiations. host: let's begin with what is business forward, how did it come about? guest: is simple mission. our job is to make it easier for business leaders in the country who care about policy issues but did not have a washington office or a lobbyist, to speak about the issues of public policy. host: is this a brand-new organization? who is involved? >> we have been around 3 1/2 years, supported by some of the biggest companies of the world, with business leaders are in the country. we go out to small business owners, entrepreneurs, venture capitalist to get them involved in policy-making. what we do is we bring administration officials, members of congress, governors out to cities around the country to be briefings with business leaders. what we also do is bring the business leaders to washington. we tell them how to grow jobs and accelerate. host: what did the business leaders say to the president and how did it come about? guest: we have been doing this
CSPAN
Dec 8, 2012 7:00pm EST
members of congress talking about this fiscal cliff. hosted by bloomberg government and the lloyd. this is about an hour. -- and deloitte. this is about an hour. >> good morning. i'm the head of bloomberg government. thank you for joining us today, and thank you to deloitte for partnering with us in this event. when we launched bloomberg government just about two years ago, we had the aspiration of creating a one-stop shop, with data, tools, news, and analysis to help government affairs and government sales professionals make better and faster decisions. we went a long way toward achieving that aspiration. a big part of it is conversations on the important issues that face our nation today, particularly at the intersection of business and government. today's discussion on the fiscal cliff clearly meets that. we are honored to have such a thoughtful panel. senator mark warner, senator bob corker, congressman chris van hollen, governor tim pawlenty, who is currently president and ceo of the financial services roundtable. moderating our discussion today is al hunt. we always love having al
CSPAN
Dec 13, 2012 1:00pm EST
feared most in cliff talks. and it goes like this. as president obama and congressional leaders race to avert the fiscal cliff, americans remain concerned that whatever budget deal they strike will cut too much from medicare and social security, according to the poll. more of the americans surveyed are worried about such cutbacks than seeing their tax bills rise, the latest united technologies national journal congressional connection poll has found. and i was looking at who was involved in the poll, and in total 35% of americans worry it will cut too much from government programs like medicare and social security. 27%, that's eight points less, that it will raise taxes on people like you. 15% it won't meet its targets for reducing the federal deficit and debt. 13% it will allow too much for federal -- for too much federal spending. only 13% are worried it will allow for too much federal spending in the next two years. but when i looked at, for example, women, 40% of women are most worried about those cuts in social security and medicare and other government programs. 46% of people whose income of $30,000 or
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 1:00pm EST
handle social security as part of the fiscal cliff talks. first up here on overview from a capitol hill reporter on social security. >> here to talk about the prop program and how it is involved in these discussions. steven joining us from the associated press where he's a reporter. thank you for being here. how many people in america receive social security and how much do they get? guest: a little bit more than 56 million people get social security and the average benefit is a little over $12,000 -- let's see, a little over $1,200 a month. so maybe it's like $13,000, $14,000 a year. host: and we're talking about retirees. also, though, the disabled. guest: yes, yes. actually we have a fairly wide group of people get social security benefits. retired workers, spouses, children, disabled workers, widows, widowers. it's actually a fairly big social safety net of people who get social security benefits. host: as you mentioned, about 56 million beneficiaries. those retirees receive about $1,200 a month on average. the benefits for the disabled, $1,100 a month on average. also there's s.s.i
CSPAN
Dec 10, 2012 10:00am EST
thing right now is selling the fiscal cliff. there is nothing more important today than doing that. i have met with the president to talk about that. i am involved in this issue. there are huge market consequences if we don't get that done. now i will move on. >> if it is done -- >> necessary but not sufficient. i have never been with bain capital. [laughter] i will give you some reflection. i just came back from a week in brazil. the u.s. would have just grown faster than brazil in the most recent quarter, 2.4%. i raise this because you go down there and talk to business people about why it is. we could have made little more taxes here and a little more regulation there and cost of labor there and a fair amount of uncertainty about what we'll do in the future. they have taken the steam out of it. i this is a fragile and requires government to facilitate rather cost andr uncertainty on top of tit. with that uncertainty and a very aggressive regulatory agenda which has caused uncertainty around health care costs. you add that up and you have a period in which american business is operating under a huge weight. government rates
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 6:00am EST
democratic caucus chairman talks about negotiations on the so- called fiscal cliff. at 8:30
CSPAN
Dec 8, 2012 2:00pm EST
is in transportation, too -- we are mired in conversations about the fiscal cliff. we are talking about long-term infrastructure, a long term energy plan. >> this is the perfect opportunity for the government to work together to achieve a common goal. there is plenty of times when our interest might not call last with the interest of either of the parties. this is the opportunity we have never had before. you could have consumer, business, and the government's all working together to take advantage of this huge resource. for us, it makes so much sense because it makes business sense. we get about $1.65 a quilt when natural gas. from the government point of view, everybody is talking about jobs and the fiscal cliff. everyone talks about taxes and what is going to happen with the fiscal cliff. there has been $1500 gone to increase oil prices. you can get them that tax cut today if you invested in our report. everybody talks about entitlements. high oil prices make the social security trust insolvent five years sooner than they would if he did not have high oil prices. america needs jobs a
CSPAN
Dec 10, 2012 7:00am EST
his case in the so-called fiscal cliff talks. back to your phone calls. democratic caller, the vienna. caller: i have one thing to say, probably two. there should be a fair tax on everyone. that man who was running for president, i cannot think of his name right now, he had the 999 plan. the rich, the poor, they would be taxed 999. i think that that should go into effect. as far as welfare, we should bring back or bring in the u.s. collecting welfare and go ahead and put drug testing in their. people testing positive for drug use, crack, cocaine, they should be pulled off of welfare. get that money back. i think we should all sacrifice the tax that everyone on their income would not have to pay. host: ok, that was wilson from louisiana. this headline is from "the baltimore sun." "a clash over supreme court cases." the piece goes into two justices and their coalition sunny side, when the court takes on gay marriage cases. there's a front-page story about a woman at the center of that case -- "and gay marriage, a case of devotion." "she has won the attention of the supreme court
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 1:00am EST
events. talking about the fiscal cliff negotiations. a panel of business voters and politicians discuss health care costs. >> this week, hurricanes and the responses and housing issues. craig fugate and shaun donovan testify about hurricanes and the recovery efforts. on thursday, a testimony before the committee on federal housing administration and physical challenges. here on c-span. >> we have had these explosions of knowledge in medicine. but we have not coordinated care. all of these services we have end up having so many cracks that they are as harmful as the diseases we are treating. you have got to step back and ask, are we hurting people overall on a global level? what are we doing sometimes? now we have got these reports saying, 30% of everything we do may not be necessary in health care. when we step back, 30% of all the medications we prescribe, the tests we order, the procedures, this is something which is, for the first time, being called out as a problem. >> dysfunction in the u.s. health-care industry. what hospitals will not tell you. his latest is "unaccountabl
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 8:00pm EST
. >> house negotiations over a fix for the so-called fiscal cliff continues in washington. house members talked on the floor on a resolution that would take measures. it begins with a texas republican. this is just over an hour. mr. sessions: thank you very much, mr. speaker. for the purpose of debate only, i yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentlewoman from fair point, new york, my dear friend, the ranking member on the committee, ms. slaughter, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sessions: thank you very much. during consideration of this resolution, all time is yielded for the purpose of debate only. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. sessions: i rise today in support of this rule which will provide this body the ability to consider legislation under suspension of the rules for the remainder of this congress. however, i would prefer not really to be here today talking about this r
CSPAN
Dec 13, 2012 7:00am EST
specifically look at how medicare may be affected by the fiscal cliff. next is grover norquist. we want to put the numbers up on the screen so you can have your chance to talk with mr. norquist. mr. norquist will be out here in just a minute so you can go ahead and start dialing your phones now. first, in the new york times, this article showing senator joe lieberman. he made his farewell speech yesterday. [video clip] >> barriers of discrimination and bigotry that a few decades ago seemed removable. doors of opportunity have been opened wider for all americans regardless of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, or disability. during my time here in washington we have had our first female secretary of state nominated and confirmed, and our first african-american president elected and reelected. it will forever remain one of my deepest honors, thanks to vice president al gore, i was given the opportunity to be the first jewish american nominated by a major political party for national office. and, incidentally, thanks to the american people, grateful to have received a half trillion more votes than my opponent on the other side. [laughter] b
CSPAN
Dec 13, 2012 1:00am EST
the reason we're here today, on the edge of the fiscal cliff is this congress, at least so far, has not resolved those big issues. that is starting with the biden talks, we obviously accomplished some savings as part of the budget control act. i want to emphasize, not people around this table but others forget, we agree to $1 trillion in cuts. 100% cuts. now we're in this position that we are now because at that time and in both the biden talks and the so-called super committee talks democrats said we want to take a balanced approach to the deficit. we are willing to do cuts but the composition of the cuts is something we can debate. but our republican colleagues have been absolutely refused to deal with the revenue part of the balanced approach. now we've seen some movement. although i would point out the letter the speaker sent to the white house says he wants $800 billion but still refuses to identify how they would achieve that. as of right now, i mean the president has been clear how he wants to get the revenue and the cuts. that letter from speaker boehner doesn't specify how they would get the revenue. nor does it specify how they would get the cu
CSPAN
Dec 11, 2012 1:00pm EST
objection. mr. dold: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, today i rise because the fiscal cliff is upon us, and one thing that i know is clear in talking to my constituents, time and time guenther' looking for solutions to the problems that we face. -- again, they're looking for solutions to the problems that we face. the solutions will come from us working together, forging a bipartisan solution to the problems that we face and i hope we can go bigger than what is simply asked of us. mr. speaker, one of the great pleasures of being here is to be able to work with good friends. and i want to thank my good friend, steve latourette, and jim cooper as well, for putting together the cooper-latourette bill that is based on simples-bowles, helps raise revenues and -- simpson-bowles, helps raise revenues. today i'm asking my colleagues to join me in putting a bipartisan solution on the table. i want to thank my good friend, steve latourette, and jim cooper. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas rise? ms. jackson lee: to address the house
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2012 6:00am EST
direction from the fiscal cliff and talk more about long-term and medium-term economic realities we face. in your written testimony to this committee, you warned against kicking the can down the road indefinitely because of the adverse effect that might have on the economy. it might have. i thought your analysis was definitely something we need to pay attention to. as you observed in the failure to make progress in this area now could signal that we have bigger troubles ahead. the moody's analytics model that you used breaks down about 2028. the reason it does that because at that point, the interest on our national debt will start to cripple our economy. recourse. i'm not sure there is a tax increase on the planet that could suddenly fix that. money fast enough. of argentina. i tend to think of this medium and long term risk as the fiscal avalanche. the cliff is something we are approaching now and we can see where it is. we know will hit the cliff. the avalanche is different. the only thing you know about conditions are present. you know when the snowpack has built up to the point
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 1:00am EST
in washington and finally address the problem. >> as we continue to try to solve the fiscal cliff, the thing we have continued to look at is our economy. today in the whip's office we will have small family-owned businesses in there and talk about ways to protect the family business, continue to grow while at the same time make sure we solve this fiscal cliff. look, each and every day as we walk the halls, you continue to ask the questions. you want the answers to solving the fiscal cliff. we put the offer on the table and the president now has to engage. the next 72 hours are critical. if he sits back and continues to play politics, that will give you the answer of where we're going. this is the opportunity for the country to lead and opportunity for the president to lead. >> as these fiscal cliff negotiations and debate continues, i think it's important to remember that washington doesn't have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. and under this administration, under president obama, we have seen record deficits and a record debt accumulate, and yet he keeps demanding that we raise taxes to pay for more spending. this will only hurt our economy. ernst and young has done an analysis of the president's proposal and said
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 5:00pm EST
was talking about about solutions to avert the fiscal cliff. if if you look at how we got here, nothing gets resolved out of washington, it's an abyss that doesn't need to happen. if you just go back and look at the promises made by poth because massachusetts when he was running for office, when he was running for re-election, he talked about working across the aisle he talked about bipartisan solutions he talked about it a lot and the american people expected that the president would keep that promise. but before the ink was even dry, before some of the states had confirmed and finalized their vote totals for this last election, the president comes out with a hyper partisan solution that's his approach. when the president comes out with his plan to raise taxes on some, not renew ores, to threaten middle class families with a tax increase if some people don't get their taxes raised, there already was a bipartisan solution to avert this cliff. just a few months ago, here in this house, we passed a bill with 19 democrat votes. a strong bipartisan vote to make sure nobody see thei
CSPAN
Dec 13, 2012 6:00am EST
forward these projections now given the uncertainty over the fiscal cliff? how plastics are these? >> are you talking about the ions?roject and stac clearly the fiscal cliff is having an affect them, even though we have not reached the point of it kicking in. it is already affecting business and hiring investment by creating uncertainty or pessimism. we saw what happened recently to consumer sentiment which fell in part because of concerns about the fiscal cliff. clearly, this is a major risk factor and a major source of uncertainty. i would suspect -- although, the participants don't always make this explicit -- i would suspect what they assume in their projections is that the fiscal cliff gets resolved and -- in some intermediate way where there is still some fiscal drag but not as much as implied by the entire fiscal cliff. i think that is probably the underlying assumption that most people talk when they made their projections. you're absolutely right that there is a lot of uncertainty right now and of the fiscal cliff situation turns out to be innate way to resolve the differently than we suspect, you
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 7:00am EST
discuss how congressional leaders plan to handle social security as part of the fiscal talks. later at 9:15, more about the role of social security. ♪ host: good morning. welcome to "washington journal" on this wednesday, december 12, 2012. negotiations continue over the so-called looming fiscal cliff. yesterday president obama and john boehner spoke by phone. washington post reported however that they are still working on a deal and nothing is locked down yet. we will talk more about the fiscal cliff this morning on "the washington journal." what tax deductions would you give up as part of a solution to the deficit problems? here are the numbers to call. for republicans, 202-585-3881. for democrats, 202-585-3880. for independents, 202-585-3882. you can also find us online. send us a tweet, twitter.com/c- spanwj. find a son facebook and weigh in there. at journal@c- span.org. "the christian science monitor," asked what we would be willing to give up. "americans would be willing to give up the tax deduction for charitable giving over other popular tax breaks." host: let's take a look at the results of this poll. 25% said that they would be willing to give up the charitable giving tax deduction. almost the same amount said it would be willing to give up their deduction for state taxes. 19% said
CSPAN
Dec 8, 2012 7:00am EST
%. that being shaded on what is going on with decisions by the fiscal cliff. another economic news this morning, a story in the wall street journal looking at general motors. it says -- earlier this year, 675,000 vehicles a in inventory. houston, texas, this is eric. caller: i am if first-time caller. years or 22 years old. i have spent of this entire year try to educate myself a lot more on the whole -- let me get right to the point. i think it should be a state decision. the supreme court should allow the states to make the kind of a decision. giving more people -- in giving more power to the government to regulate this on a national level will create so many issues down the road, and it probably a lot of issues in the immediate -- the reason we even got to this. is because we get some much power to the government to regulate all of the different things and issues. giving them more power is just going to create more problems. my basic thought is, more government power, more issues. host: we will leave it there. victor on the republican line. caller: i do not think the supreme cou
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 5:00pm EST
not talking enough about. even as we are wrestling with trying to debt a handle on the fiscal cliff, we cannot lose sight of their urgent priority of making sure we have job growth -- job creation, to say the least. many of the components you have outlined -- that both of you have -- it comprised of the broad description of the fiscal cliff whether it is the expiring tax cut provisions, the expiring tax cut extensions, and spending cuts as well. if you consider more, which of those would you consider having the biggest bang for the buck in terms of economic impact of those that we are discussing here today? >> it is a given that we will extend the current tax rates for taxpayers that make less than $250,000 on an annual basis. that is absolutely necessary. when you consider the other things that are happening -- in terms of the bang for the buck, the emergency unemployment insurance program is very effective. it is small in the grand scheme of things. cbo is estimating it would costs per calendar year about $33 million. but the economic to bitty for job growth compared to the unempl
CSPAN
Dec 10, 2012 12:00pm EST
"washington journal." host: we are continuing our series, looking at different parts of the fiscal cliff talks. today we want to focus on sequestration. joining us now is robert levenson, a senior defense analyst at bloomberg government. let's begin with what secret -- with what sequestration means. term. if you have looked it up on google 20 months ago, it would have something to do with coal and carbon, but this is about automatic cuts going into place known as sequestration. host: how did this come about? where is it headed? caller: as we recall from last year, there was a crisis over raising the debt ceiling. republicans demanded some cuts from congress. they agreed to $1 trillion in cuts, they handed over $1.50 trillion to the super committee. because they failed to come up with a deal that could be approved by congress and the president, those automatic cuts go into effect, $1.20 trillion over 10 years. the first cut will go into effect on january 2 of 2013. host: how are the defense sequestration cuts being applied? are we sure? guest: we are not exactly sure, but the law says that every progr
CSPAN
Dec 11, 2012 5:00pm EST
, smaller business owners. host: so for these members, what are their key concerns with the fiscal cliff talks? guest: so for most small business owners and senior executives at big, big companies, the fear is that going over the cliff, even on a technical term is going to cause more uncertainty, increase their borrowing cost, and it's going to put our economic recovery at risk. and most point to simpson bowles and understand that we have to raise revenue and we also have to control spending, they generally like the outlines of simpson bowles deal they like the principles behind it, those are pretty clear, pred spread the cost, protect the most vulnerable, don't disrupt the economic recovery, try to simplify the tax code while you're at it. they generally support those principles. >> do you think a recession could happen if we go off this fiscal cliff? guest: they do. i think there's a qualitative difference this year and last. we saw business leaders were concerned that washington wasn't going to come together with a deal and it could end badly. but it was a more muted concern. i think they trusted
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2012 9:00am EST
happens. by now, a little bit more about the fiscal cliff. >> we turn our attention this morning about unemployment benefits and how insurance could back -- how insurance could be impacted. thank you for coming in. we want to start the discussion. when we're talking about unemployment insurance, what specific programs are we talking about here? >> unemployment insurance is the combination of federal and state programs. it usually lasts up to six weeks. it can be extended up to 93 weeks, depending on which they were in. it is this extension that we're really talking about as part of the fiscal cliff. >> that is what might be cut. that is what automatically expires. we know it cost $30 billion to continue additional unemployment benefits. of the deal i want to make, the benefits should continue. firm stand. we have seen in the past obama host: what specific benefits do guest: usually some kind of a cash benefit or they may help the search for a job. it is usually about $300 a week. it can vary from state sen. in the mississippi i want to say it is closer to $200. host: how are the programs funded? payroll taxes. through the trust the state administers the program and the money goes to the unemployed. host: talk about qualifications order to apply? guest:
CSPAN
Dec 9, 2012 7:30pm EST
thinks they know is wrong. as you know, the talk about the fiscal cliff. some people say it is a slope. some people say it is a bungee jump. some people say it is a skateboard trek. it is going to go down and then up and and so forth. the bottom line, i think it is no way to govern. it is a giant mistake to have all of this in a pool of ambiguity. as i understand it, now, you would know more, it truly is a stalemate. they are not talking. >> you point out, it is the same players. i think you will agree the players that matter most are the president, speaker finger. what we know about their personal -- speaker john boehner. what we know about their personal relationship right now? >> it started out last year when they were working on the debt ceiling. it was called the merlo and the correct meeting. in other words, john boehner would have a merlo and obama would chu nicolette's. -- chew nicorettes. and they had iced tea for obama. of course, john boehner had his cigarette and put his cigarette in the ash tray away. they have not closed the deal. -- close to the deal on the personal rela
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Dec 9, 2012 11:00pm EST
look at the status of the fiscal cliff negotiations between congress and the white house. then a discussion on the role of lobbyists in those talks on the fiscal cliff
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 10:00am EST
, so ordered. >> thank you, mr. speaker. we're in this fiscal cliff talks and the president and the speaker are trying to work out a solution. and they're talking about tax raters in top 2%. mr. cohen: taxing their wealth. that's something they should do because it's fair and it gives the over 98% tax relief. but at the same time they're talking about increasing the medicare age from 65 to 67. and that's taxing the wealth of the less fortunate people who are 65 to 67. for them and for everybody, your health is your wealth. jimmy copeland a friend and semiphilosopher said that, your health is your wealth. if you raise the medicare age from 65 to 67, you're going to sacrifice the health of people who are not the most fortunate system of while we tax the income of the most wealthy, we'll be taxes what wealth theless wealthy have, their health. that's wrong. mr. president and mr. speaker should not increase that age and tax the poor. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the -- does the gentlelady from texas seek recognition? ms. jackson lee: i ask unani
CSPAN
Dec 4, 2012 8:00pm EST
thing i would add is the package, what makes this so critical in the fiscal cliff discussion, is we are talking about the past for the 2012 taxable year. -- unlike the rest of the fiscal cliff which effects rates that will apply next year. the patch applies for returns we file early next year. if there is no congressional action, there is an abrupt increase in tax on the 2012 taxable year. in 2011, approximately 4 million people paid the amt. if there is not a patch, 30 million people will be required to pay the amt in 2012, and they will pay an additional $90 billion in tax. very few of them have any idea this is on the table. host: is the irs prepared? guest: the irs is fairly unusual, but in a correct position, that congress will do the responsible thing -- they took the position that congress will do the responsible thing. they assumed congress will enact a package before the end of the year, and i think that was the reasonable thing to do because i believe they will do that. however, it does mean if there is not a patch of the tax return filing season next year will be quite chaotic. >> you can
CSPAN
Dec 10, 2012 12:35am EST
, this is about an hour. fiscal cliff. joining us here is stan collender and douglas holtz- eaken. what is happening? what are the two talking about. guest: the nature of the tax increases, how much, and on the other side, what kind of entitlement reforms as the president willing to offer? that has been going back and forth for quite awhile now. there are talking about the same basic issues. host: one of the shore signs of action in washington, we have heard there is a possibility that they could come back after christmas. guest: i have been telling clients since september we were going over the cliff. i was not sure there was a sign it or coming back before christmas. this last-minute deal of some time, it could easily be approved -- the house and senate do not need to be here for this because it will not be the big, big deal. this is not the grand compromise they are talking about here there is not enough support to do the technical things. this could be a simple package they do at the last minute. host: even if the white house and john boehner agree to a deal, congress may not pass it. guest: that is my biggest concern. it is p
CSPAN
Dec 8, 2012 5:00pm EST
will talk about the latest of the so-called fiscal cliff discussions. then all look at the lobbying going around the fiscal cliff negotiations by clients in washington. our guest is anna palmer. and later a discussion on syria and the response from the international community. live at 7:00 a.m. eastern here on c-span. this week on news makers, the vermont governor and chair of the democratic governors' association peter shumlin. he talks about the fiscal cliff and laying the groundwork for the 2013-2014 election. that is at 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. >> in president obama's weekly address, he talks about tax policy, the tax cuts put in place by the previous administration that will expire at the end of the year. then the republican address on the economy, jobs, and education policy. >> hello, everybody. over the last few weeks, there's been a lot of talk about deadlines we're facing on jobs and taxes and investments. but with so much noise and so many opinions flying around, it can be easy to lose sight of what this debate is really about. it's not about which political party com
CSPAN
Dec 8, 2012 3:35pm EST
. tomorrow, we will talk about the latest news about the so-called fiscal cliff negotiations with a former congressional budget office director. then a look at the lobbying going on in washington. later, a look at developments in syria and the response from the international community. "washington journal" here on c- span. this week, we will have the vermont governor and new chairman of the democratic governors' association, who will talk about the fiscal cliff and laying the groundwork for the 2013 and 2014 elections. lives on sunday at 10:00 a.m. eastern. next, a quick look at president obama and the first family last week at the national christmas tree lighting ceremony. ♪ [applause] >> merry christmas, everybody! >> it is great to see you all. happy holidays. happy holidays, mr. president. >> is it time? i think it's time. i hope everybody is ready. we have to do the countdown. starting with five. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. [cheers] ♪ >> merry christmas, everybody. ♪ >> please welcome the director of washington and st. john's church. >> let us about our heads in prayer. let us prey. g
CSPAN
Dec 9, 2012 6:00am EST
from analysts on the so- called fiscal cliff -- a economic committee hears from atlas on so-called fiscal cliff. -- analysts on colorado the cliff. >> it was constitutional for them to establish i.t. -- id. >> they talked about indiana. let me finish because you misrepresented what i said. >> when i hear these accusations that black people, voter i longd is disproportionately affect minorities, -- voter id laws disproportionately affect minorities. if whites voters can it -- get people,u telling black that they are less than? we always have to make special -- there has to be a specialnes when we deals with minorities because they are too feeble mind. when you treat people like the victims, i do not think they want to aspire. >> crystal wright tonight at 8 ." c-span's "q & a today, the latest on the
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 5:00pm EST
said, before we talk about fiscal cliff, we are here because of the last fiscal cliff. since we had another fiscal cliff-type scenario that created the scenario and ridiculous idea that i voted against, put a bunch of things bad to happen at one time. surprise, it didn't work and we are facing this. there are two issues number one, avoid doing damage and avoid doing harm. and we need to look for a way to accomplish that in the short-term. and we have to, we have to have a conversation about getting the fiscal house in order. i heard bob talking about that. it is true. we spend $1 trillion more than we take in. it's a fact and we have to address it. i approach this issue with the following belief. the only way to get it in order is through rapid economic growth. no taxes you can raise to bring the debt down. what the president is offering is not enough but will make a dent on job creation, particularly middle-class job creation. i oppose his plan. we should do real tax reform. if there are loopholes, there is a loophole for being able to write off your yacht as a second home. let's g
CSPAN
Dec 9, 2012 10:30am EST
would like to take a step back and step in a slightly different direction from the fiscal cliff and talk more about long-term and medium-term economic realities we face. in your written testimony to this committee, you warned against kicking the can down the road indefinitely because of the adverse effect that might have on the economy. the medium and long-term impact it might have. i thought your analysis was definitely something we need to pay attention to. as you observed in the failure to make progress in this area now could signal that we have bigger troubles ahead. the moody's analytics model that you used breaks down about 2028. the reason it does that because at that point, the interest on our national debt will start to cripple our economy. we will be left without much recourse. i'm not sure there is a tax increase on the planet that could suddenly fix that. i'm not sure we could print money fast enough. if we did, we would go the way of argentina. i tend to think of this medium and long term risk as the fiscal avalanche. the cliff is something we are approaching now and we can see w
CSPAN
Dec 10, 2012 5:00pm EST
and talking about the fiscal cliff and the needs of middle-class families. on c-span2, its "the communicator's" michael powell talking about the future of television. on c-span3, a discussion on the iranian nuclear program and the middle east. that's on the c-span networks. tomorrow morning, a program looking at the fiscal cliff and what could happen if the budget cuts set to go in effect take place in january. we will hear from jim doyle on how the fiscal cliff could affect businesses and charles park from the government executive media group. he will look at domestic program cuts. then more and your e-mail, phone calls and tweets. that's on "washington journal" tomorrow morning starting at 7:00. on capitol hill, a house is back in tomorrow. members will consider whether to send negotiators to meet with the senate on defense department programs for next year. off the floor of negotiations continuing over the fiscal clef. that's a combination of tax increases and spending cuts set to begin in january. live coverage of the house tomorrow at 2:00 eastern on c- span. earlier today, the pew center on the states held a discussi
CSPAN
Dec 8, 2012 10:00am EST
will talk about the latest out of the fiscal cliff negotiations. then a look at the lobbying going around the fiscal of negotiations by clients in washington. our guest is an up polymer. later, the response from the community. >> this week the new chairman of the governors' association. he talks about the so-called fiscal cliff, affordable care act and the groundwork for the elections. what newsmakers live sunday it 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. >> it was estimated that the land of hiroshima would cause our fishermen to be killed. >> as harry truman's grandson, i'd choose to honor both -- the sacrifice of american servicemen fighting their way through the pacific end of the door girl like sadoku who died as the result of an atomic bombing. it is unimaginable what that must have been like to be close to that of where that fireball originated. >> follow him on his journey to hiroshima sunday on c-span3. he joins us to discuss meetings with survivors and the inspiration for his trip at 9:00 p.m. eastern. >> next, we will look at the new communist party of leadership in china and that
CSPAN
Dec 8, 2012 9:00pm EST
act as well as the fiscal cliff and plant the 2013 and 2014 elections. newsmakers is live sunday at 10:00 a.m.. then we will again at 6 eastern on c-span. -- we wil show uiit again at 6 eastern on c-span3 >> we have not coordinated care. all these sources we have end up having so many cracks that they are as harmful as the diseases we are treating. you have to step back and ask, are we hurting people overall on the global level? what are we doing sometimes? now we have the institute of medicine report saying 30% of everything we do may not be necessary in health care. 30% of all the medications we prescribed, the tests we order, the procedures. this is something i think which is for the first time really being called out as a problem. >> dysfunction in the u.s. health care industry. the doctor on what hospitals will not tell you. his latest is unaccountable. tonight at 10:00 on afterwards on c-span2's book to be. -- book tv. >> the invasion of japan without considering the atomic bomb. it was estimated the land would [unintelligible] >> as the grandson of someone in the middle of th
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 8:00pm EST
everything he has done. [laughter] and now we can talk about the fiscal cliff. let me start off just by -- we will do the house rules, except we will cut in half. 30 seconds -- then we will have time to elaborate on all this. i want to go through the panel. what do think the odds are that some kind of the deal will be cut by january 1 in order to avoid sequestration and all the tax hikes? mark, i will start with you. >> i think it is 80% that we will avoid sequestration. the question is, though, is this going to be a big enough deal, and will actually be enough of a down payment that it will lead to something else subsequently that will actually avoid the kind of enormous consequences of $16 trillion of debt? that percentage will be lower than the 80%. >> let's come back to the big picture -- in the short term, by january 1 -- will we avoid the cliff? >> i think it is likely that we avoid it. it does not appear that that is going so well. it is so easy for us just to do the things we need to do. i think the real line in the sand is going to be the debt ceiling. i really do think -- i ha
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2012 10:30pm EST
. next, speaker john boehner and minority leader nancy pelosi on the so-called fiscal cliff negotiations, and then poll results on what americans think should be done to spur the economy. tomorrow on "washington journal, " a journalist for "u.s. news and world report" talks about the state of the economy. and then the director of the national institution of allergy and infectious diseases, and the director of the centers for disease control and prevention examines the state of america's public health. "washington journal" live at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. >> the supreme court will look at what was passed in 2008 by a majority of six-three, i believe, and they are going to say that is president, and voter i.d.. >> this is where we tell them about facts. on the indiana case, it was constitutional for them to establish identification. they did not say that all of those states -- >> let me finish. you misrepresented what i said. it is a lot of the land. >> when i hear these accusations that black people, voter a dedication laws disproportionately affect minorities because -- it implies to me that we somehow come something missing in our brain. if white americans can get identification to vote and go through all of the processes to follow the laws, what are you
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 7:00am EST
talking to our viewers. we continue to looking at different aspects of the so- called fiscal cliff. joseph schatz will join us. >> an update on the situation in egypt. the president is back at work in the presidential palace in cairo. he returned a day after he left through a back gate. about 300 opposition supporters remain camped out in front of the main gate. the muslim brotherhood has called for a counter rally today. an update on the strike in the ports of los angeles. a tentative agreement to avoid the strike has been reached. clerical workers are expected to be back on the job this morning. the strike has kept shoppers from delivering billions of dollars of cargo as longshoremen refused to cross picket lines. negotiations continue in washington on the so-called fiscal cliff. president obama plans to enter questions from business members. the group has been urging action to prevent huge automatic tax increases in january. those are some of the latest headlines on c-span radio. [video clip] >> we have not coordinated care. all these services have so many cracks that the cracks
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